2020 Leonardini Vyd Cabernet Sauvignon

ST. HELENA, NAPA VALLEY
$125.00 per bottle   /   $106.25 club price
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97 Points – Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
94+ Points, Wine Independent
93 Points, Decanter
93 Points, James Suckling
93 Points, Wine Spectator

This 2020 Leonardini Vineyard is an elegant example of Cabernet Sauvignon from this stunning St. Helena AVA location. It begins on the nose with brambly fruits and blueberry cobbler, moving into crème de cassis, spicebox, sarsaparilla and a touch of cedar. Its balance and mid-palate are most notable, providing long, plush tannins alongside its dense fruit character. On the palate, it delivers rich sweet black fruits, fresh blueberries, cherry cola, vanillin and toasted walnuts.  The beautiful underlying tannin structure, complexity, and ample fruit will evolve over time and age gracefully for 10-15 years.

WINEMAKER NOTES

Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, our Cabernet Sauvignon was carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation.  The grapes were cold-soaked in tank at 45˚F for 4-7 days, allowing for increased color, aroma and flavor extraction. After inoculation with a select yeast, the grape must (juice, skins and seeds) fermented at 82˚F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins.  For fermentation cap management, we pumped juice over the skins two times per day, wetting the cap evenly for a nice, healthy fermentation. After fermentation and pressing, the wine was sent to 80% new French oak, 20% neutral French oak barrels, aging for 26 months. The final blend for the Leonardini Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

THE VINTAGE

The 2020 vintage was a long and warm growing season, seasoned by a drought, which can often lead to a fantastic vintage. Bud break began in late March, leading to a Spring that had few showers and was relatively dry.  Summer was steady, with heat spikes that pushed the vintage closer and closer. As we headed into Autumn, harvest was upon us quickly and we moved swiftly to bring in all our grapes to process and finish the season. This 2020 wine was made from hand-selected grapes from our small block of clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon in our Leonardini Vineyard.

 

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton 

Appellation: St. Helena, Leonardini Vineyard 

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Alcohol:  14%